Look, identify risks, take action, prevent accidents – that’s the philosophy at Implenia, because when you work in construction there are always risks to manage. This is why Implenia makes health and safety its highest priority. Thanks to intensive training and communication, as well as regular safety inspections on construction sites, the number of accidents was further reduced in 2017. Despite this encouraging trend, we must never forget: safety comes first.
Employee health and safety is the priority.
Number of accidents per 1,000 employees1
Number of employees absent > 30 days2
Percentage of absences due to occupational accidents2
1 Excl. Implenia Hochbau Deutschland
Accidents are preventable, and that is precisely Implenia’s goal: situations which endanger the health or safety of employees or third parties must be avoided. As stated in Implenia’s “Code of Conduct”, safety regulations must be strictly observed. This is how we create a safe and motivational working environment. Health & Safety has been a fixed item on the agenda of every Group Executive Board meeting since 2014, underlining the high priority Implenia gives to Health & Safety.
Implenia carried out a variety of programmes and campaigns in 2017 to sharpen employees’ awareness of safety matters and instil a safety culture. Implenia’s Health & Safety processes lie at the heart of all this. These processes form an integral part of the Implenia Management System. Meetings and workshops are held regularly – both centrally and in the individual business units.
International cooperation was further expanded during the year under review. A regular exchange of information within the Group-wide Health & Safety organisation helps identify new areas of activity and potential for improvements. We want to learn from each other and focus on best practices. The greater centralisation of processes facilitates more effective exploitation of synergies across the Group.
The internal “Safety counts!” programme, started in 2016, is based on the principle that improvements in the safety culture have to come from targeted action down the management chain. This top-down approach was implemented in other business units during the year under review. “Safety counts!” is a behavioural programme that focuses on managers’ function as role models, as well as on communication and a transparent, positive culture of dealing with mistakes. Objectives and actions are defined jointly, which contributes to a conscious and positive safety culture.
Implenia’s accident prevention efforts need to be more rigorous. Safety officers play a central role in embedding and spreading the safety culture within the Business Units. They spend most of their working hours on construction sites, helping line managers fulfil their responsibilities and implement safety processes. One of their most important jobs is to compile and evaluate a central record of accidents. This enables Implenia to identify where health and safety work needs to be optimised, and to initiate appropriate prevention measures. The following objectives have been defined to help prevent accidents: safety inspections by managers, including discussions with site personnel; compulsory meetings between line manager and victim following any accident and meaningful, properly documented analysis of what caused each incident.
In the internal safety training “15-Minute Safety”, that takes place at all project sites every month, risks are discussed and the causes of incidents are analysed. The aim is always to increase awareness of how accidents can be avoided. Helped by greater transparency and openness, Implenia intends to inculcate a positive culture of learning from mistakes. This is an integral part of a good safety culture.
The numerous Health & Safety initiatives and immediate actions taken in 2017, such as the increased presence of Safety Officers and managers on construction sites, have had an impact: the overall number of accidents per 1,000 employees (FTE) across the Group, excluding Hochbau Deutschland, went down from 77 in 2016 to 71 in 2017. This is another positive step in the right direction. If Implenia Hochbau Deutschland is included, the accident rate falls to 65. The positive trend makes us all the more determined to continue our work on health and safety. Our aim for 2018 is to reduce the accident rate for Implenia Group still further to below 60 per 1,000 full-time equivalents (FTE).
Non-occupational accidents remained stable during the year under review, falling just 1 percent on the previous year. Most of these accidents occurred when playing ball sports, on the roads or as a result of slips and trips in the home and garden. The breakdown of absences due to accidents at work and non-work-related accidents was more or less the same as in 2016. 65 percent of total absences were the result of illness, with another 21 percent down to accidents at work and 14 percent caused by non-work-related accidents. When its employees have accidents or are sick, Implenia works with internal health managers (BGM) on their rehabilitation and reintegration. The team handled around 119 cases in 2017. There were a total of 465 cases in the year under review where employees were absent for more than 30 days due to illness or accident.
Award-winning Nominees and winners of the 2018 Health & Safety Award: the Golden Helmet goes to the SBB cabling team, Modernisation Central Switzerland. Romeo Schleuniger accepts the prize on behalf of the team.
In 2015 Implenia launched its annual Health & Safety Award to celebrate outstanding achievements in the field of health and safety at work by a construction site, team or individual. The award aims to strengthen people’s motivation and interest in the subject and increase their sense of responsibility. Winners are chosen from a shortlist in a vote by all Implenia employees.
The 2018 Health & Safety Award goes to the SBB cabling team at Modernisation Central Switzerland. Despite the challenging conditions, the team has worked on the rails for 37 years without a single accident. Work is interrupted roughly every two minutes by passing trains, so all employees require a precise knowledge of procedures and safety measures. This outstanding team performance is based on good communication. All members of the team look out for each other and make safety their top priority.